Stone Countertop Care & Maintenance
ne of the most common questions we receive is about the care and maintenance of stone countertops. Below is information to help with daily countertop maintenance.
For Granite & Marble:
Granite is a versatile natural stone product that can be used almost anywhere. It stands up well indoors and outdoors. Studies show that granite does not host bacteria due to its high density. Combined with the fact that it does not respond to acid, this makes granite among the most sanitary countertop materials available.
A penetrating sealer should be applied directly after installation to prevent staining. When your countertops are newly installed, perform the following test to determine if they need to be sealed: Sprinkle some water on your granite. If it beads up, it is sealed. If the water does not create round beads, follow these instructions, and repeat if necessary.
- Daily Countertop Cleaning: While warm water and soap are the simplest and easiest ways to keep your granite clean, we also recommend products available that are “Daily Countertop Cleaners” specific for natural stone products. Typically these types of products will be a combination of a cleaner and a mild sealer that can help your stone prevent stains over time.
- Stain Removal: Granite is very resistant to staining. However, if a stain does occur it may be removed using a blend of peroxide and baking soda which combined formed a pultice that can be applied and help draw the stain out. Once the stain is removed, clean the entire area and reseal.
Quartz countertops are non-porous, so spills and stains are not absorbed into the surface, making it stain-resistant. Quartz products do not need to be and should not be sealed as this can actually harm the surface of your countertop.
- Daily Countertop Cleaning: Maintaining your new quartz countertop is easy. Simply wash with a soft cloth and warm water, use a mild soap if desired. Cleansers are listed at the bottom of this page.
- Spills: Sometimes spills occur and dry on the worktop. Materials that harden as they dry, such as gum, grease, nail polish or paint etc. should be removed by gently scraping away the residue material with a blunt plastic scraper. Then the quartz surface should be cleaned with a household vinegar/water solution (always follow the manufacturer’s dilution instructions) or with a non-abrasive cleaning pad together with a non-bleach, non-abrasive liquid household cleaner and rinsed thoroughly with clean water. Surface should be dried with a clean white paper towel or white cloth.